Sierra Nevada’s latest ale journey is seven years within the making. The model — identified for its “Little Factor” line and pale ale choices — is teaming up with Buffalo Hint for a bourbon barrel-aged ale this autumn.
Colonel E.H. Taylor Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bigfoot consists of the model’s signature Bigfoot Barleywine-style ale, aged for seven years. Over the past 12 months of maturation, the ale sits in barrels beforehand used to age a small batch of E.H. Taylor, Jr. bourbon, in keeping with an emailed press launch.
The unique ale marks E.H. Taylor’s first nationwide partnership with a beer model. The collaboration marks an enormous transfer for Sierra Nevada, too: It’s formally the model’s highest-ABV beer, sitting at hefty 15 p.c.
“Each Sierra Nevada and Buffalo Hint Distillery are pioneers in innovation amongst their classes,” Buffalo Hint grasp distiller Harlen Wheatley states within the launch. “Collaborating on a mission like that is fairly particular. Each firms have made an enormous impression on pushing the boundaries of craft beer and American whiskey, main the foray into premiumization of the trade.”
Decadent notes of molasses, caramel, and burnt sugar mingle within the full-bodied ale. Pacific Northwest hops steadiness out these wealthy dessert flavors, alongside the signature taste of Colonel E.H.Taylor bourbon.
“The barrel actually contributes to the general taste by extracting some residual compounds of the bourbon from the wooden and mixing it with the beer,” Harlen states. “I believe it should add to the beer’s complexity and permit the Bigfoot model to showcase a particular, distinctive beer.”
Every limited-edition bottle arrives in a bourbon-style container that includes a vintage-looking, yellowed label. 750-milliliter bottles can be found for $25 in choose markets and thru Sierra Nevada’s retail web site.
Followers might need already noticed the most recent model of the long-lasting Bigfoot ale at Sierra Nevada’s Huge Room venue. A July 17 check-in on Untappd, an app permitting customers to share their favourite brews, shows an image of the limited-release Barrel Aged Bigfoot ale on faucet.
Beer, bourbon, and Bigfoot — what’s to not love?